Google Pixel Phones Start Showing Satellite SOS Feature

Google Pixel Phones Start Showing Satellite SOS Feature

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Satellite connectivity for smartphones has proven its worth on Apple’s iPhones for quite some time, and it seems the feature is now making efforts to establish itself on Android devices.

However, the new “Satellite SOS” feature has begun appearing this week on Google Pixel phones, and we have a sneak peek into what it will be capable of.

If you delve into Settings > Safety & emergency on your Pixel phone, you’re likely to spot the appearance of “SOS via satellite” alongside SOS emergency and Car crash detection.

Google seems to have inadvertently rolled out the setting widely across almost all Pixel devices through the recent update to Adaptive Connectivity Services.

Google Pixel Phones Start Showing Satellite SOS Feature

However, the feature doesn’t do anything at present. Clicking on “Satellite SOS” on a Google Pixel device doesn’t open any menus, but that will change soon. Nevertheless, Google’s menu for this feature has been accessed. The SOS Satellite page explains:

“With Pixel phone, you can message emergency services and share your location when you can’t connect to a mobile network or Wi-Fi.”

The page details that you can call emergency services or text them, share your location using Google Maps, and answer questions related to the emergency situation.

Google Pixel Phones Start Showing Satellite SOS Feature

There’s no information on whether you’ll be able to contact anyone outside of emergency services, but Google also clarifies that it will share your name and phone number from your Google account, along with emergency contact details for up to three emergency contacts.

Google reiterates the details shared at the bottom of the page: When contacting emergency services via satellite, your name, email, phone number, location, device information (IMEI, language, model, battery level), and emergency information will be shared with emergency services and satellite service providers.

The page links to a Google support page about the countries supported by the Satellite SOS program, but unfortunately, the page has not been published yet.

There’s also a link to Garmin’s Search and Rescue Insurance Plan. It’s worth noting that previous Google messages have shown signs of using Garmin’s satellite services for connectivity.

There are demo offers for satellite connectivity, but currently, neither the “Demo experience” nor the “Real-mode test” options are functioning.


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